More than a million Turks took to social media to call out President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday, making the word ‘tamam’ (meaning ‘enough’) a trending topic worldwide after he promised to step down if the people wanted it.
“If one day our nation says ‘enough,’ then we will step aside,” he said in a speech in parliament.
Erdogan, who has ruled for 15 years, declared snap elections for June 24, bringing the polls forward by more than a year.
Erdogan’s rivals in the presidential poll also jumped in, with the ‘tamam’ tweets from three of his main opponents together garnering more than 10,000 retweets.
“Time is up. Enough!” tweeted Muharrem Ince, the candidate of the main secular opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).
Bizim mücadelemiz baskının yerine hürriyeti, korkunun yerine huzuru, kinin ve nefretin yerine sevgi ve hoşgörüyü koymak isteyenlerin mücadelesidir. pic.twitter.com/wcWFkDpARt
— Muharrem İNCE (@vekilince) May 8, 2018
Social media has become the primary platform for opposition against the government in Turkey, where traditional media is saturated with coverage of Erdogan and his ministers.
Erdogan’s speeches, usually two or three a day, are all broadcast live on major channels, while opposition parties get little to no coverage.